Julie 2 Movie Review

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Julie 2 Movie Review

 

 

Julie 2 is an Hindi thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Deepak Shivdasani and produced by Vijay Nair. It features Raai Laxmi in the lead role which marks her debut in Hindi cinema.  This is the sequel to Shivdasani’s earlier film Julie (2004).

Viju Shah composes the film’s score and soundtrack while Sameer Reddy handles the cinematography. Principal photography commenced in September 2015. Filming locations include Mumbai, Hyderabad and Dubai.  The film is scheduled for a worldwide release on 24 November 2017.

Julie 2 stars Raai Laxmi in the lead role. It is an erotic thriller, which is being produced by former Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani, Vijay Nair and Deepak Shivdasani. When the first look of the film was launched, people were shocked to see Pahlaj aka the ‘sanskaari’ ex-CBFC chief to be associated with the film. However, Nihalani claimed the film was clean enough for adults to watch.

“It is a very clean, adult movie. If I were there (as the chairperson) I would’ve given it no cuts at all. It doesn’t have obscenity or any cuss words. It’s a complete adult, family film,” Pahlaj said about Julie 2.

“Julie 2” Movie Cast & Crew:

Director: Deepak Shivdasani
Produced by: Vijay Nair, Deepak Shivdasani, Pahlaj Nihalani
Starring: Raai Laxmi
Music Director: Viju Shah, Rooh Band, Atif Ali, Javed-Mohsin
Language: Hindi

“Julie 2” Movie Story Line:

The story of the protagonist in Julie 2 is said to be based on the life of a well-known glamorous actor of the 1990s and 2000s. The makers confirmed the rumours but said that they are trying to avoid any sort of controversies and hence, keeping the actor’s name under wraps.

The film story revolves around a simple girl, Julie, who fulfills her dream of becoming an actress. She has to deal with lecherous men who ask her for sexual favours in order to become a “superstar”. However, her stardom is soon eclipsed by the dark side of the entertainment industry. In between all this, there is also some group which is threatening to harm and kill her. But however we will update the movie theme here after the first screening. Also you can check Julie 2 movie review below.

Raai Laxmi appeared in her most sizzling avatar in Julie 2. She is playing a small-town girl who has to deal with a lot of difficulties before making it big in the industry.

Raai Laxmi plays the lead protagonist role, Julie in this film.The film showcased the Bold & Beautiful avatar of model-turned-actress Raai who has acted in 49 movies down south. Raai Laxmi has definitely taken things up a notch with ‘Julie 2’.

The story of the rise and fall of an ambitious actress has a familiar ring to it. A lot of the experiences that Julie (Rai Laxmi) goes through seem inspired from the events that transpired in the life of actress Nagma. The whole episode where Julie has a roaring affair with South Indian superstar Ravi Kumar (Ravi Kissan, delightfully Telugu in his speech and manner) is borrowed from Nagma’s link-up with Sarath Kumar, as is Julie’s subsequent link-up with a cricketer which ends rather crudely with the cricketer declaring to the shocked actress that he can’t marry her as she has been with too many men before him.

“Not that I expect you to be a virgin. But there has to be a limit,” he drawls.

This is where the audience either hopes for the character to be killed or commits collective suicide.

Then there is veteran actor Anant Jog who smacks his lips as though he has just found a juicy chicken leg when he meets the heroine.Subtlety is not a quality that the characters of this film value. Writer-director Deepak Shivdasani strings together the betrayals of the men in Julie’s life with a sledgehammer impact. There is no ambivalence in the way Julie’s men are presented in the plot.

Apart from her faithful man-Friday endearingly named Ambani, all the men in Julie’s life are jerks, lechers and potential rapists. By the time she sobs: “No one wants to love me, they all want only my body”, Julie’s slump into self-destruction is nearly complete.

The only man who seems to genuinely care for her is her first film director played with an affectionate swagger by Nishikant Kamat. One of the film’s most compelling episodes has Kamat ticking off a sleazy film financier who openly propositions the shocked and tearful Julie, by hinting at a sexual liaison with the financier’s 18-year old sister.

At times like this, the narrative gathers its wits to deliver a telling blow on the grime behind the glitz of show world. At a time when the predatory culture of Harvey Weinstein has come out in the open, “Julie 2”, in its subverted way, tells us why the sexual predators of Bollywood cannot be exposed.

The film deploys an unusual level of melodrama to create an aura of progressive ruination around its protagonist. It finally slumps to a groaning halt. But not before executing an end-game that attempts to take the saga of the casting couch to a suspenseful level. Debutante Rai Laxmi stands impressively tall even as her character crumbles to the ground. She has a fairly firm grip over her character’s messy life and proves herself quite a “chick’ off the old oomphy block”.

It is a little startling to see seasoned actors like Pankaj Tripathy, Rati Agnihotri and Ravi Kissan pitching in with bombastic performances. But then, bombast is the need of the hour. “Julie 2” is an old-fashioned high-pitched melodramatic take on an actress’ journey from zero to wow. It has plenty of unexpected twists and turns in the plot, not all of them convincing. The narrative neatly balances the engaging and the corny.

 

 

 

MovieMint.com Rating:  3/5

Reviewed by MovieMint Team

 

 

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